Created in the 16th century, badminton is a sport that is played indoors and the pinnacle comes from its Olympic events. Badminton is very popular in Asian countries like China and India, the countries that lead the way by producing some of the best players in the world.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and then have it land in the designated court areas. If your opponent can return the shuttlecock then a rally occurs. If you win this rally and force your opponent to hit the shuttlecock out or into the net, you win a point. You are required to win 21 points in order to win a set with most matches being best of 3 sets. You can win points on either serve.
Players and Equipment
There are two forms of badminton, singles and doubles (it can also be played with mixed doubles). Each player uses a stringed racket (similar to a tennis racket but with smaller head) and a shuttlecock. The shuttlecock is made of half round ball at the bottom and a feather surrounding the top. You can only hit the bottom of the shuttlecock due to the gravity. You might only hit the shuttlecock once before it either goes over the net or hits the ground.
The rectangular court is 6.1m wide and 13.4m long with two tram lines running along each side of the court. Across the middle of the court is a net which runs at 1.55m. The inside lines are used as the parameter for singles match while the outside line is used for a doubles match.
You can score a point when you hit the shuttlecock over the net successfully and land it in your opponent’s court before they hit it or when your opponent hits the shuttlecock into the net or outside the parameters.